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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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The Absence of Contradiction and the Contradiction of Absence: Law, Ethics and the Holocaust

The Absence of Contradiction and the Contradiction of Absence: Law, Ethics and the Holocaust

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(p.71) The Absence of Contradiction and the Contradiction of Absence: Law, Ethics and the Holocaust
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Law and Popular Culture
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David M Seymour

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.003.0004

This chapter discusses Desmond Manderson's article From Hunger to Love: Myths of the Source, Interpretation, and Constitution of Law in Children's Literature. In his interpretation of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, Manderson offered a thesis that is grounded on the idea of the absence of ethics within modern law. He argued that this absence was brought about by the dominance of legal positivism that emphasizes obedience to the narrow meaning of the text at the expense of negotiation, responsibility, and context.

Keywords:   Desmond Manderson, ethics, modern law, children's literature, legal positivism

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